BRNO, Czech Republic, May 13 /PRNewswire/ --
- Professor Alan J. Heeger, 2000 Chemistry Nobel Laureate, to interact with students on creativity and discovery in science and the close association of creativity with risk-taking in scientific research
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced that the Brno University of Technology will host at its Faculty of Information Technology the second Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series held in the Czech Republic. Professor Alan J. Heeger, the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will visit Brno University of Technology on May 13 to deliver a lecture on "Creativity, Discovery and Risk - Nobel Prizes Past and Future" and interact with students and faculty. He will also deliver a colloquium on "Low Cost 'Plastic' Solar Cells" at the same venue on May 14.
The Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series is the centerpiece of a global education initiative designed to connect students across the globe with Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry and Physics to inspire and motivate the development of scientists of the future. Honeywell chose the Czech Republic to launch the global initiative in October 2006 with the visit of Dr. Horst Stormer, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physics, at the Czech University of Technology in Prague.
"The Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series is a great platform to expose students to and interact with the world's best scientific minds. Czech Republic has a tremendous pool of young talent and through opportunities such as these, we hope to inspire students to pursue advanced studies in science. We have a rich association with Brno University of Technology and are pleased to be reaching out to a pool of aspiring young scientists, encouraging them to greater achievements," said Adriane Brown, the President and CEO, Transportation Systems, Honeywell, who will be personally opening Professor Heeger's lecture at Brno University of Technology on Tuesday, May 13.
Honeywell and Brno University of Technology have been collaborating together on several initiatives since 2003. These initiatives include Innovators Scholarship Program for outstanding students, student internship program, annual competition events for graduate and doctoral students, participation at university job fairs and other similar events, collaboration in R&D project pursuit on national and EU level, company personnel membership in university academic and scientific bodies, etc.
"We are delighted to be chosen by Honeywell to host Professor Alan J. Heeger as part of the Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series. Some of our professors have participated at his lectures abroad and were amazed by his depth of knowledge and inspirational drive," said prof. Ing. Karel Rais, CSc., MBA, Rector of the Brno Technical University, and continued: "BUT is recognized for its educational excellence and this initiative will enrich the student's learning, providing them a never before opportunity to interact with one of the world's best known scientists."
"Creativity, Discovery and Risk - Nobel Prizes Past and Future"
In his lecture on May 13 at the Brno University of Technology, Dr. Heeger will focus on creativity and discovery in science and the close association of creativity with risk-taking in scientific research. He will use examples from his life to illustrate creativity, and will distinguish discovery and creativity in past Nobel Prizes. He will also summarize the early discoveries in the field of semiconducting and metallic polymers, and the risks associated with that early work. His lecture will focus on some of his current scientific and entrepreneurial activities that range from polymer based solar cells to biosensors. His talk will conclude with advice to young and aspiring scientists.
Professor Alan J. Heeger
Widely known for his pioneering research in and the co-founding of the field of semiconducting and metallic polymers, Professor Heeger is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2000), the Oliver E. Buckley Prize for Condensed Matter Physics, the Balzan Prize for the Science of New Materials, the Eni Italgas Prize for Energy and the Environment, the President's Medal for Distinguished Achievement from the University of Pennsylvania, the Chancellor's Medal from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and honorary doctorates from more than a dozen universities in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a member of the National Academy of Science (USA), the National Academy of Engineering (USA) and a foreign member of the Korean Academy of Science.
Prof. Heeger has more than 800 publications in scientific journals and holds approximately 50 patents.
His research group in the Center for Polymers and Organic Solids continues to focus on the science and technology of semiconducting and metallic polymers. Current interests also include biosensors for the detection of specific targeted sequences on DNA, the detection of specific proteins and the detection of biologically relevant small molecules.
The Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series
The Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series is part of Honeywell's Science Education Initiative, an effort designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists beginning with students and teachers at middle schools and extending to targeted universities around the world. Honeywell's science and math education programs, FMA Live!, Honeywell Educators@Space Academy, and Honeywell Scholars@Presidential Classroom, have already reached more than 100,000 students and teachers in 26 countries and 41 U.S. states. For additional information on the Honeywell Nobel Initiative please visit www.honeywellscience.com.
About Honeywell International
Honeywell International is a US$37 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.
About Brno University of Technology
Brno University of Technology (BUT, http://www.vutbr.cz) was founded in 1899 in Brno. With more then 21.000 students, the Brno University of Technology is one of the largest universities in the Czech Republic covering the whole spectrum of technical disciplines in nearly 160 fields of study. The university promotes interdisciplinary branches such as materials science and engineering, mechatronics, mathematical and physical engineering, ecological engineering, biomedical engineering and medical informatics, industrial design, etc. BUT has received a prestigious certificate of European Commission "Diploma Supplement Label" in the year 2006. Results achieved within several research fields received a high recognition by scientific community worldwide.
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